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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed occasionally during election years.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 07-22-2008)
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear amber copper with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head that sits there as a big ole' dollop with a solid 1/4 finger of retention that hangs tough, leaving gigantic rings of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is a hoppy fume of piny esters, big citrus character (including grapefruit and some sweeter notes of pineapple), some additional underlying malt sweetness, and a nose tingling waft of heat.

The taste is just as bold as the aroma, with tongue curling spicy, resinous hops, sticky citrus character, and an underlying backbone of grainy malts that barely keeps things in check. Finishes warm and bitter on the palette. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a touch of oiliness to it and a beefy alcohol presence. The heat isn't stinging but it gets real borderline at times.

I liked the big attitude and hoppy boldness of this DIPA but the hefty alcohol feel that it brings to the table killed the overall drinkibility of this somewhat. A 22 oz was more than enough for one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 16:28:26 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce snifter in draft at Churchkey. Beer is amber and clear a little orange with a thin white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Moderate retention. Looks good.

Aroma is earthy, piny, sweet. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body, malt presence but not malty. Very bitter in the finish all from hops. Clean, no aftertaste. Very enjoyable. A nice CTZ hoppiness in the midpalate and good connectivity. This is exactly what I wanted today. A big, bitter, aggressive, not fruity west coast DIPA. And I got it in this beer. I would have this again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 01:53:05 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-16-2013 22:53:50 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this guy from BEERchitect in a great trade. Not much else to say here, so here comes teh review.

A: Pours a huge 2 finger frothy head on top of a pretty clear amber pale orange color.

N: This thing was beaming with aromas as soon as i started pouring. A sweet malt just bashes everything in its path. Some light hints of spices I think, nuttiness. Some nice hops seem to make their way though but keep it light. I got some alcohol as well, a thick malty sweet alcohol. There's also some raisiny smells erupting from it.

T: Starts pretty creamy and malty with some raisin and dried fruits, lots of malty tastes and more and more raisin. SOme alcohol taste starts to find its way through. Some interesting hops seem to come through, but not the usual noble piney fruity hops, but it does have some hints. Some juicy hop flavors also seem to be there. It has a strong imperial red ale flavor.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, warming alcohol but not burn, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi dry and very bitter. The hoppy bitterness pieces its way through the finish and really hits you. The dried fruits and some earthy flavors seem to linger as well. More sweetness seems to hint at you in the end, but doesn't take over as it slowly dries off.

Final thoughts: Pretty much an imperial red ale with lots of malts, fruits, sweetness, alcohol, raisins, and lots of hops and bitterness. Pretty good winter or fall beer and warmingness.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:03:25 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, pale, Carapils, and bisquit malt scent along with a kick ass hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor that goes down slow and smooth and resinates in the finish. The malt bill is complex and flavorful, but the hop content takes center stage. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's hoppy as hell, but with good malt balance; a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 00:16:20 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with a lot of caramel malt. It smells a lot like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor is again like a barleywine. It tastes like caramel-coated oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I didn't know what a year and a half old Double IPA would taste like but I am happy with the way this one aged, even if it is now more of a barleywine instead of a Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:02:56 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

back on for election time at the tap room. listed at 8.1% abv this time. pours a rich cherrywood color, with brassy highlights and a lacey white head an inch high. the nose and taste are more balanced than i thought they would be, knowing avery and their huge hop beers. theres some biscuity malts, lightly toasted, some caramel sweetness, and of course a big bold hoppy finish, but it isnt bitter at all. more piney and holiday feeling to me. very drinkable as the alcohol is well disguised, the body isnt too huge, and the carbonation is enough to keep it moving. i really enjoyed this beer, its perfect for the occasion of fall politics and chilly weather. i didnt know they bottled this, and would like to try that format if it makes it there this year.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 16:28:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a bright, amber-copper hue that shows a full copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly hop focused with stick ruby-red grapefruit notes, lighter lychee, sweetened orange zest, a touch of tart grapefruit towards the middle / end and some not quite ripe orange notes. The malt character provides a dusty, crushed cracker, pale malt note that has just a touch of a snap to the finish.

Much stickier and sweeter than I was expecting, the body is quite viscous and thick as well. This definitely has the heft of a Barleywine to it. The amply sweet malt definitely accentuates hop flavors of lychee, tropical fruit, ripe peaches, and sweet orange zest. A touch of warming alcohol, some toasty pale malt and medium bitterness that is not enough to cut through the sticky malt are all present in the finish. A touch of pine is noticeable towards the finish as well, though it seems to get drowned out by the sweet malt character at times. This is a very clean beer, almost devoid of yeast character, which is to be expected from Avery.

I wasn't expecting this to be quite so sweet as it is, it is not bad, but I expected something calling itself a "Pale Ale" to try and capture the drinkability of said beer, even if it is an amp'd up version. The vibrant hop character is nice, but it can't hide the overt sweetness. This does get quite a bit less sticky as it warms up from its initial 50°F / 10°C serving temperature, but it is still a bit much.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 04:14:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright amber orange with a creamy head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of uneven lines of lacing.

The smell is of Cascade in full-force. It may be called Ale to the Chief, but could be Ale to Chief Cascade. If you like the smell of Cascade done right - you'll love this one. Citrus - grapefruit - and sappy pine.

Like in the nose there's an onslaught of Cascade, with rounding caramel sweetness. It has a long, bittering, dry finish.

It has a nice, chewy body with a butt-kicking hop punch. An awesome beer for Cascade hop lovers!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 13:38:00 | More by jwc215
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Halcyondays

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, leaving sticky lacing as I expect in a Double IPA down the glass.

S: Grapefruit, mint, hops for sure.

T: On the spicier side for a Double IPA, hops are there in droves, heavy citrus, with some pepper and mint, interesting flavour.

M: Light in carbonation, oily, creamy.

D: A good Double IPA, though not my favourite by a longshot, possible rebuy for me, could check it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 22:38:18 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, thick, slowly receding rocky head. It leaves some chunky lace. Light amber with a touch of orange. Mildly chill hazed.

Caramel with pepper is my first impression of the smell. There is also a cream aroma. I also detect alcohol in the background.

Creamy with a timid caramel sweetness...then the bitter and floral hop takes over. It's not over-hopped like so many of this style. In fact, I'd call it well-balanced. The swallow is even features some great malt roundness. Rich texture.

While this is my favorite style, this is still a great example of the style with lots of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 22:17:49 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a thick 2" head that sticks around for a while. Some lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits leap from the glass, but little else is detectable.

Taste: big caramel profile with a sharp biting bitterness. Tart green grapes, pine, and loads of grapefruits round it out. Alcohol is noticable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Bitterness glues itself to the tongue making a super long aftertaste.

Drinkability: for the style this one is pretty easy to drink despite the big flavors. Really enjoyable beer but this will catch up to you quickly with the high alcohol levels.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 13:32:32 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/24/08- Purchased at Ledger's, in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info (2008 release). Poured into my Smuttynose pint glass.

Appearance- Rich copper-amber colored pour. Large 1 inch plus head which is thick and foamy. Leaves light patchwork and trails of lace behind.

Smell- Sugary tropical and citrus fruited hops plus a mid range caramel malted nose.

Taste- Heavy orange rind sugary hop flavor. Maybe a bit of grapefruit and tangerine as well. Malt is medium to light roasted caramel in taste. Needs something though to pull both factors together.

Mouthfeel- Right amount of carbonation with a good amount of juicy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Needs to be a bit more assertive. Malt could be a bit more roasted and robust. Just missing that special something to pull together all the flavors and make this a really good beer. As is though, it about your average DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 15:24:35 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-22-2013 02:11:30 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thin off-white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring that streaks the glass with spots of soapy lacing.

Crisp floral hop aroma with subtle hints of citrus and earthy pine as well as a strong caramel malt presence.

Nicely balanced and very quaffable considering he high ABV. The malt backbone is a bit too strong for my liking but it provides nice balance to the dry earthy hops. Earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 05:48:04 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-08-2012 23:24:02 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of super hoppy, grapefruit, pine, herbs, and bown sugar.
Taste is of a hoppy, sugary mix with some standout citrus, and spicey pine notes that make the beer extremely interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chwy, and balanced for such a hop-filled monster.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 03:39:12 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-13-2012 00:40:28 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at McGrady's in Bethlehem, PA.

A: Bright, amber golden cloudy color with a thick and retentive white head that leaves rings of sticky lacing.
S: Obviously big hop punch, though a little sweeter than expected, strong grapefruit and malt aroma.
T: So far this walked and talked like a big DIPA should, but it let me down where it matters. Not to say this isn't a quality DIPA, but with all the options available (common and rare) this is one I won't be returning to. Starts with a strong hop punch, that is fairly sweet and grapefruit like and then the sweetness from the malt body takes over and the hops fade away. Body goes from initially feeling very full and prickly from the hops to finishing rather thin and watery, ruining the overall experience. Nice flavor in this beer, but overall, nowhere near the league of other DIPAs, even the Maharaja (I killed the spelling, I know).

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 00:22:24 | More by yourefragile
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively bright, but slightly hazed golden orange. Head is big, with crackling bubbling of off-white foam. Lace is crazy and intricate. Body looks surprsiginly light, but if it's a "pale ale" as they describe, it fits. Looks pretty big and impressive overall, while still remaining true to its stylistic roots.

Nose is pleasantly sweet, with that really classic fresh American hops character. Lots of hops giving citrus oil buoyancy, but it mingles with sweet butterscotch and caramel. Sudsy aromas come off it too. Bit of pepper berry, sharp and sweet but spicy as well. Really nice aromas, and well integrated.

Pine on the palate, with a good citrus bite. Sweetness comes through, hints of peach and vanilla. The only sign of the ABV, is a touch of sharp phenols on the back, but only very lightly so - so well covered by all the really pleasant characters otherwise. Lovely drop of beer.

Surprisingly easy to drink for its alcohol, and bursting with flavour, but never overdone on any of the potentially offensive characters. Really well restrained in places, but let loose in others. Cracking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:58:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL foil-wrapped bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The DIPA is a ruddy amber color, translucent with a half a finger of head across the mouth of the glass.

S: I took a brief whiff from the bottle and was blasted back with a barrage of hops. Out of the glass, the hops are murky with a big aroma that reminds me of a barleywine (or a DIPA that sat around too long).

T: The ale is huge, full of both hops and malts. The flavors are wet and concentrated, a veritable barleywine. The malts are caramel and biscuits, chewy and sweet. They match up admirably against the hops. Those hops are citrusy with a touch of pine resin. The finish is the best part of the ale, a melange of pine and citrus flavors that lingers long.

M: The ale is big and swirling, a barleywine wiht a fresh hop kick. The flavors overwhlem the palate.

D: One bottle is enough. The ale is a bomb. I'm just not sure if it is a hop- or malt- one.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 01:03:57 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Way to go Avery.
First for the political sentiments (anti Bush/Republican) on the label...
Second for the high quality almost DIPA in the bottle.
Pours clear, glowing darker amber, with that olive oil almost green tint thing going on, tight off white head, leaving better then average fine lace. Nose is the expected oily, gritty, hoppyness. Tasty easy drinking offering, hops quite evident but not overpowering in their approach. Whole wheat toast underlying malt and coating the palate for the approaching hop crunch. Love the style..love this beer...highly recommended for all hoppy beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 17:27:58 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear coppery-orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles supporting a light tan head.

S- There is a earthy orange hop aroma that fills the air during the pour with a leafy hop aroma to it. There is a fruity quality to the hops as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a big green hop favor with a cheese quality to it and a pine note. There is a pale malt note and some toasted hints to it that support the big hops. The finish is a soft spicy quality to a pungent big hop finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the only real alcohol heat coming in the last few sips.

D- This beer has some full fresh hops that are supported by a nice malt flavor with some depth. This is big and fresh hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 02:07:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber colored ale with a dense off-white to light tan colored head. Quite a good looking ale.

Smell is malt and citrus mostly pineapple and mint. Pine and grapefruit are present in lesser amounts and a little lemon, but this really smells like a pineapple cream pie.

Taste starts out malty melon flavor with a little but of woody and oak aftertaste. Quite mildly flavored the melon lasts all they way to the bottom of the glass. Considered giving this a "4" for the mildness, but this just isn't complex enough for a score that high.

Good Mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer at all but not a great one either. Mild and a good choice for introducing someone to the style. But this lacks complexity, not top of the class like a Pliny much less a second tier near great beer like Green Flash Imperial IPA. Wouldn't refuse a free one but I would choose a Green Flash after having tried this for $3 less a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 02:24:36 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a quite nice initial head that fades to a thin ring. Smells sweet with quite a bit of honeyed malt followed by a light nose of spicy, piney hops with a dose of citrus and a whiff of alcohol as well. The taste is fairly bold and hoppy to start with lots of pine, but as the beer opens up and warms it becomes maltier and a little waxy. The hops drop off some as well. There is a somewhat strange hint of marmite like yeastiness as well and a somewhat tannic finish. It is an enjoyable enough beer, but it doesn't make any of my tops lists. The mouthfeel is full and perhaps the tiniest bit sticky. Rich and probably best with food- perhaps a nice curry?

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:57:35 | More by Georgiabeer
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.